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HCF 2019 Keynote: The role of chemicals in the circulary economy

Daniel Calleja, Director General of DG Environment, European Commission

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HCF 2019 Keynote: The role of chemicals in the circulary economy

  1. 1. Chemicals in the circular economy Daniel Calleja Helsinki Chemicals Forum 23 May 2019
  2. 2. Circular Economy: Our vision
  3. 3. 54 actions to close the cycle The Circular Economy Action Plan 100% of the actions completed Benefits: - Economic: 600 billions euro/year - Social: new jobs and skills - Environmental: up to 4% CO2 reduction
  4. 4. Some specific achievements • Plastic strategy • Analysis of the interface between chemicals, product and waste legislation • Revision of the waste legislation • Adoption of the single-use plastics
  5. 5. Plastics Strategy All plastic packaging will be reusable or recyclable (by 2030) Boost the market for recycled plastics Actions on single-use plastics and microplastics Strategic Research Innovation Agenda for Plastics (2018) Support to multilateral initiatives on plastics
  6. 6. EU funding: over €10 bn since 2016 €1.4 billion Horizon 2020 until 2018 €7.1 billion Cohesion Policy €2.1 billion European Fund for Strategic Investments €100 million LIFE
  7. 7. Chemical sector in Circular Economy • Circular economy is an opportunity for the chemical sector • The chemical sector is strategic for the EU: it employs 3.3 millions people and has a turnover of 553 billion euro, which accounts for 7.6% of EU manufacturing turnover
  8. 8. 1. Better – circular - design Innovations needed: chemical sector key player
  9. 9. Innovation and new solutions needed - chemical sector key player 2. Chemical recycling Modular, Scalable and High-Performance Depolymerization by Microwave Technology
  10. 10. 3. New business models • Chemical leasing • Chemical industry: the recycling industry of the future?
  11. 11. Ensuring safety of products produced from recycled materials
  12. 12. REACH : a success story • Biggest source of chemical data in the world
  13. 13. Phasing out substances of very high concern REACH candidate list
  14. 14. Registration & compliance • The information provided by industry must be complete and accurate • Joint action plan with ECHA to increase compliance • All players have to take their responsibility
  15. 15. Waste Database at ECHA • Information submitted by companies on articles containing substances of very high concern • For waste treatment operators to improve risk management and promote non-toxic material cycles • For consumers to be better informed
  16. 16. Chemicals-Products-Waste Interface Policy options and opening broad discussion • Substances of concern in products and waste • Substances of concern in recycled materials • "End of waste" uncertainties • EU waste classification and recyclability materials
  17. 17. REACH is meeting its objectives  Improved protection health and environment  Promoted alternatives to animal testing  Ensured free movement chemicals on single market
  19. 19. Towards a future EU Strategy for Safe and Sustainable Chemicals 19 • Better implement current legislation • Promoting green, sustainable, innovative chemistry • Safe management of chemicals in products and waste (environment, health, circular economy) • Improving coherence risk management across sectoral legislations • The decision is for new Commission
  20. 20. Conference 20 High Level Conference Brussels 27-28 June 2019
  21. 21. We need to continue working together to ensure a competitive, safe, innovative and sustainable chemical sector for the benefit of citizens and the environment 21 Conclusion